History of Coffee in 2000s

Coffee History Today

2000  Sales of Fairtrade coffee in the UK reach £15.5 million.

2002  There are now around 9500 coffee shops in the US with a revenue of approximately US$16.5 billion.

The rise in demand for organic coffee

2008  Sales of organic coffee is really increasing as people become more concerned and aware of pesticide use.  The USA alone accounts for 40% of global organic coffee imports.

According to the ICO, the average per capita coffee intake in Europe is 4.83 kg, down from 5.37 kg in 2000.  

The EU countries drinking the most coffee are:

  1.   Luxembourg
  2.   Finland
  3.   Switzerland
  4.   Norway
  5.   Sweden
  6.   Denmark.

2009   40% of 18 to 24 year-olds drink coffee daily in the USA, whilst 53% of 25 to 39 year-olds also drink it daily.

2011  Coffee prices rise to $3 a pound for the first time in 34 years.  The reason for the increase is the poor harvests that hit arabica coffee beans, but there is another reason,  China, Indonesia, Brazil and India are developing a taste for gourmet coffee, which is pushing the price up.

2012  The Coffee Association of Canada reports that coffee is the beverage of choice and is enjoyed by 65% of Canadians every day.

2013  Going to the coffee shop is becoming more popular than going down the pub now in the UK, this is believed to be partly because they are seen as family friendly social hubs. British pub serving coffee as well as alcoholDuring the UK recession, the coffee shop market is increasing by approximately 5% a year, while traditional British pubs are closing at a rate of 31 a week across the country. 

2014  The world’s biggest coffee drinker stats are in and the coffee consumption per capita winner goes to…the Netherlands with an average of 2.414 cups drank per day.  

Canada has also overtaken the USA with an average of 1.009 cups per day to 0.931 respectively. Nigeria comes in last with just 0.002 cups per day.

2016  The ICO reports at its 4th World Coffee Conference that global coffee exports were 8.96 million bags in January 2016, compared to 9.04 million in January 2015.

Exports of arabica beans were 70.24 million bags in January 2016 compared to 68.97 million in 2015.  However, robusta exports were 42.15 million bags compared to 46.06 million bags in 2015.  

Although exports have increased, the price of coffee is still low, which is good news for us coffee lovers.


Well the history of coffee so far, if you’ve managed to read the history right from the beginning, Well Done.  Now go grab yourself a cup of coffee!




The Book of Coffee and Tea – A Guide to the Appreciation of Fine Coffees, Teas & Herbal Beverages – Joel, David, & Karl Schapira
All About Coffee – William H. Ukers.
www.ncausa.org – National Coffee Association of USA

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